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/ ɑrm /
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the upper limb of the human body, especially the part extending from the shoulder to the wrist.
the upper limb from the shoulder to the elbow.
the forelimb of any vertebrate.
some part of an organism like or likened to an arm.
any armlike part or attachment, as the tone arm of a phonograph.
a covering for the arm, especially a sleeve of a garment: the arm of a coat.
an administrative or operational branch of an organization: A special arm of the government will investigate.
Nautical. any of the curved or bent pieces of an anchor, terminating in the flukes.
an inlet or cove: an arm of the sea.
a combat branch of the military service, as the infantry, cavalry, or field artillery.
support or protection: He had always been there when I needed a strong arm to lean on or a word of counsel.May you take comfort knowing she is in God's loving arms.
Typography. either of the extensions to the right of the vertical line of a K or upward from the vertical stem of a Y.
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Idioms about arm
an arm and a leg, a great deal of money: Our night on the town cost us an arm and a leg.
arm in arm, with arms linked together or intertwined: They walked along arm in arm.
- to solicit or borrow money from: She put the arm on me for a generous contribution.
- to use force or violence on; use strong-arm tactics on: If they don't cooperate, put the arm on them.
at arm's length, not on familiar or friendly terms; at a distance: He's the kind of person you pity but want to keep at arm's length.
in the arms of Morpheus, asleep: After a strenuous day, he was soon in the arms of Morpheus.
on the arm, Slang. free of charge; gratis: an investigation of policemen who ate lunch on the arm.
put the arm on, Slang.
twist someone's arm, to use force or coercion on someone.
with open arms, cordially; with warm hospitality: a country that receives immigrants with open arms.
Origin of arm1
First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English earm; cognate with Gothic arms, Old Norse armr, Old Frisian erm, Dutch, Old Saxon, Old High German arm (German Arm ) “arm,” Latin armus “shoulder” and arma (neuter plural) “tools, weapons”; akin to Serbo-Croatian rȁme, rȁmo “shoulder”; Sanskrit īrmá, Avestan arəma-, Old Prussian irmo “arm”; see arm2
OTHER WORDS FROM armarmed, adjectivearmlike, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH armalms, arms
Other definitions for arm (2 of 6)
[ ahrm ]
/ ɑrm /
Usually arms . weapons, especially firearms.
arms, Heraldry. the escutcheon, with its divisions, charges, and tinctures, and the other components forming an achievement that symbolizes and is reserved for a person, family, or corporate body; armorial bearings; coat of arms.
verb (used without object)
to enter into a state of hostility or of readiness for war.
verb (used with object)
to equip with weapons: to arm the troops.
to activate (a fuze) so that it will explode the charge at the time desired.
to cover protectively.
to provide with whatever will add strength, force, or security; support; fortify: He was armed with statistics and facts.
to equip or prepare for any specific purpose or effective use: to arm a security system; to arm oneself with persuasive arguments.
to prepare for action; make fit; ready.
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OPPOSITES FOR arm
5 deactivate, disarm.
Origin of arm2
First recorded in 1200–50 for the verb; 1300–50 for the noun; Middle English verb armen, from Anglo-French, Old French armer, from Latin armāre “to arm, equip,” verbal derivative of arma (neuter plural) “tools, weapons”; Middle English noun armes (plural), from Old French armes, from Latin arma (neuter plural reinterpreted as a feminine singular); akin to arm1
OTHER WORDS FROM armarmless, adjective
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Master of Architecture.
Origin of Ar.M.
From New Latin Architecturae Magister
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British Dictionary definitions for arm (1 of 4)
/ (ɑːm) /
(in man) either of the upper limbs from the shoulder to the wristRelated adjective: brachial
the part of either of the upper limbs from the elbow to the wrist; forearm
- the corresponding limb of any other vertebrate
- an armlike appendage of some invertebrates
an object that covers or supports the human arm, esp the sleeve of a garment or the side of a chair, sofa, etc
anything considered to resemble an arm in appearance, position, or function, esp something that branches out from a central support or larger massan arm of the sea; the arm of a record player
an administrative subdivision of an organizationan arm of the government
power; authoritythe arm of the law
any of the specialist combatant sections of a military force, such as cavalry, infantry, etc
nautical See yardarm
sport, esp ball games ability to throw or pitchhe has a good arm
an arm and a leg informal a large amount of money
arm in arm with arms linked
at arm's length at a distance; away from familiarity with or subjection to another
give one's right arm informal to be prepared to make any sacrifice
in the arms of Morpheus sleeping
with open arms with great warmth and hospitalityto welcome someone with open arms
(tr) archaic to walk arm in arm with
Derived forms of armarmless, adjectivearmlike, adjective
Word Origin for arm
Old English; related to German Arm, Old Norse armr arm, Latin armus shoulder, Greek harmos joint
British Dictionary definitions for arm (2 of 4)
/ (ɑːm) /
to equip with weapons as a preparation for war
to provide (a person or thing) with something that strengthens, protects, or increases efficiencyhe armed himself against the cold
- to activate (a fuse) so that it will explode at the required time
- to prepare (an explosive device) for use by introducing a fuse or detonator
nautical to pack arming into (a sounding lead)
(usually plural) a weapon, esp a firearm
See also arms
Word Origin for arm
C14: (n) back formation from arms, from Old French armes, from Latin arma; (vb) from Old French armer to equip with arms, from Latin armāre, from arma arms, equipment
British Dictionary definitions for arm (3 of 4)
adjustable rate mortgage
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Other Idioms and Phrases with arm
In addition to the idioms beginning with arm
- arm and a leg
- armed to the teeth
- arm in arm
- at arm's length
- babe in arms
- forewarned is forearmed
- give one's eyeteeth (right arm)
- long arm of the law
- one-armed bandit
- put the arm on
- shot in the arm
- take up arms
- talk someone's arm off
- twist someone's arm
- up in arms
- with one arm tied behind
- with open arms
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